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Laurie Weeks sent off and banned for multiple punches on Jannie du Plessis

While I can see where you are coming from, you have to realize that a big factor in such an incident in the past warranting only a talking to from the ref is that the ref and his assistants were often unaware of what started the fight and who had done what. With their eyes on the game, a lot of times they would look round and see a bunch of players pulling guys apart. With no hope of dishing out just punishment, the solution was to just call the captains in and tell them to put a stop to it.

2 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Laurie Weeks sent off and banned for multiple punches on Jannie du Plessis

In your haste to troll, you didn't mention which team would be awarded the penalty.

2 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Yoann Huget's horrific looking face stamp against Bordeaux Begles

I'm with Katman, Stroudos and the others who are 100% convinced this was intentional.

I do think that the apology, while more self-serving than anything else, might be driven by some remorse. He may have shocked himself with the brutality of what he did in the split-second of the stamp.

Huget is a strange one. In quite a few games, I have seen him do a few "niggly" (dirty is probably too strong) things, really trying to provoke a scrap, and then a few moments later he is patting opposition players on the back, helping them to their feet etc. Not that this in itself is anything strange, but when you put it together with the recent incidents, I really can't work him out.

2 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Yoann Huget's horrific looking face stamp against Bordeaux Begles

Yep.

3 Months, 2 Days ago

Yoann Huget's horrific looking face stamp against Bordeaux Begles

I may well be mistaken (and forgive me if so), but you probably haven't played in games with multiple cameras, some of which are bound to pick up the cynical act.

3 Months, 2 Days ago

Dylan Hartley facing potential ban after alleged headbutt against Saracens

The suspension means he would miss England's warm-up games and the first pool game. Lancaster should just get shot of him.

Great picture in the telegraph article... makes it difficult to argue it was just a bravado-fuelled bump!

http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/03320/dylan-hartley_3320230b.jpg

3 Months, 4 Days ago

Dylan Hartley facing potential ban after alleged headbutt against Saracens

Bye-bye Hartley! Even without a ban, Lancaster's form on dealing with players' wrongdoings suggests he will just give him the boot. I remember reading all the shite in the media about him having learned his lesson, grown up, blah blah blah... and thinking it would only be a matter of time.

3 Months, 4 Days ago

Jonny May starts and finishes brilliant length of the field try against Connacht

As an Irishman, I was disappointed for Connacht. But...

That try is just a joy to watch. I find it remarkably similar to the famous Baa-Baas try against NZ, just a modern day version (complete with premature celebration!).

The dummy by May to beat the last man before he passes is something else.

3 Months, 4 Days ago

Toulon's Xavier Chiocci scores a great prop try against Castres in the Top 14

You'd have to give similar treatment when backs get involved in the ugly stuff and score a "forward's" try. O'Driscoll barreled over a few times from the base of a ruck.

3 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Sergio Parisse harshly red carded as Brice Dulin gets tipped up in the air

Players would just get very adept at counting to 29 while writhing about on the ground!

3 Months, 2 Weeks ago